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Data Driving Social Change

How we create change

Our reliable, objective data and analysis helps our partners take on the most pervasive social issues with confidence, clarity and empathy. 

This is #DataDrivingSocialChange.



We partner with social change organizations to create lasting impact for low-income communities. 



Our products and services are purpose-built to serve the seven-county Denver metro region.



We make data and applied research easily and openly accessible to individuals and organizations that are committed to social change.

Our Services


Working to make data accessible

Shift supports social change work in metro Denver by offering products and services that help our partners leverage neighborhood-level data and research to advance their missions.

Open Data Tools

Open Data Tools

We develop and maintain web-based technology tools that provide free data and analysis about social issues. 

Our Work

Community FactsOpen Data Tools

Our flagship community information tool offers free, neighborhood-level data about the health and well-being of metro Denver.

Data EngineOpen Data Tools

This open source hub unlocks neighborhood-level, public data in an accessible format.

Research and Analysis


We conduct research and analysis in support of community issues such as early childhood, demographics, transit-oriented development, urban economics and affordable housing.

Our Work

Our Changing Denver Region: Chapter OneOpen Data Tools

The first chapter in this series explores the demographic shifts that have occurred in metro Denver since 2009.

Housing’s Impact on Local Government FinanceOpen Data Tools

This case study explores how Adams County is being impacted by, and is attempting to deal with, its increasing number of housing-challenged residents.

Project-Based Consulting

Community Assessment

We build data and research tools that help organizations monitor and understand the change happening across our region so they can make more informed decisions related to their work. 

Our Work

Denver Regional Equity AtlasOpen Data Tools

This tool raises awareness about the benefits and opportunities of a robust public transit network.

T.O.D. Site Selection ToolOpen Data Tools

This tool assists the Denver Transit-Oriented Development Fund in locating affordable housing in the transit corridors.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Capacity Building

We help organizations build their technical capacity to use data by providing mapping, analysis, data visualization and sense-making support. In addition, we engage in local and national partnerships and collaboratives that help create a data-driven culture.

Our Work

Mile High Data DayOpen Data Tools

This annual event convenes metro Denver’s data community to build relationships, share best practices and strengthen partnerships between social change and data organizations.

Technical Support to PartnersOpen Data Tools

Our staff is available to provide limited technical assistance to nonprofits, governments and other agencies working to improve our region.



Creating social change

Nearly 500,000 children - 39% of kids in our state - are living in low-income families. 

If things don't change...


of low-income 3rd graders will not read at grade level.

out of 10

low-income students will not graduate from high school.


of Colorado families will not earn enough money to make ends meet.


of new jobs created over the next decade will pay less than $36k annually.



Together we're making a difference


Shift Research Lab is a founding member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). Created in 1995, (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building.

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Shift contracts with social change organizations that are interested in using data to make more informed decisions. Tell us about your work to see if we can help.